Although official (astronomical) spring doesn’t begin for another week, my local birds definitely know that spring is well on the way. Have you and your students seen and heard the signs of spring in your homeschool neighborhood?
Yesterday I went down to the local river at dawn (not my usual hour!) and the evidence was all around. Here’s my list:
A singing Song Sparrow was the first of the year, as was a Great Blue Heron that flew over, several Common Grackles, and a small line of Canada Geese. Are you keeping a list of the birds that you see in your homeschool backyard or local natural area? The beginning of spring is a great time to start!
What natural discoveries have you made in your homeschool lately? 😊
❡ Books in the running brooks: Our recommended homeschool reference library (riverhouses.org/books) includes an excellent bird guide that would serve your homeschool well. Many other similar guides are also available — find one that’s a good fit for your family and take it with you on all your outings, whether far afield or just out to the backyard. 🦉
❡ Homeschool birds: We think bird study is one of the best subjects you can take up in a homeschool environment. It’s suitable for all ages, it can be made as elementary or as advanced as you wish, and birds can be found just about anywhere at any season of the year. Why not track your own homeschool bird observations on the free eBird website (ebird.org) sponsored by Cornell University. It’s a great way to learn more about what’s in your local area and about how bird populations change from season to season. 🐦